Peen tong at a supermarket in Haikou, Hainan, China

Peen tong or pian tang (Chinese: 片糖; pinyin: piàntáng; Jyutping: pin3 tong4; Cantonese Yale: pintòng) and wong tong (Chinese: 黃糖; pinyin: huángtáng; Jyutping: wong4 tong4; Cantonese Yale: wòngtòng),[1] is a Chinese brown sugar and sugar candy that is used in various Chinese desserts and also consumed alone as a snack.[2][3][4] In China, it is sold in slab or brick form in one-pound packages, and occasionally as a bulk food item.[2][3][5]

Use in dishes

Peen tong is used as an ingredient in desserts, sauces and sweet soups.[1] Peen tong is sometimes used as an ingredient in nian gao, whereby the slab of peen tong is scraped and the resultant shavings are used in the dish.[3][6][5] Another method for its use in nian gao is to dissolve the peen tong in water, which is less time-consuming compared to scraping it.[3][6] It is used as an ingredient in jiandui (Chinese: 煎堆; pinyin: jiānduī; Cantonese Yale: jīndēui), a sesame ball prepared using glutinous rice flour.[7] Peen tong is also used in haptou wu (Chinese: 合桃糊; pinyin: hétáo hú; Jyutping: hap6 tou4 wu2; Cantonese Yale: hahptòu wú), a sweet Chinese walnut soup.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Anusasananan, L.L. (2012). The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from Around the World. A Philip E. Lilienthal book in Asian studies. University of California Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-520-27328-3. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Glossary. Vegetarian Times. February 2000. p. 103. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Castella, K. (2012). A World of Cake. Storey Publishing. p. 696. ISBN 978-1-60342-446-2. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Lee, M.T. (1987). Growing up in Chinatown...: the life and work of Edwar Lee. M.T. Lee. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Wong, Sharon (February 19, 2015). "Lunar New Year: Try This 'Nian Gao' Recipe". NBC News. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Weston, A. (2014). The Global Bakery: Cakes from the World's Kitchens. New Internationalist. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-78026-189-8. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sesame Balls". Vegetarian Times. January 1, 2000. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Mindess, Anna (June 4, 2012). "Immerse Yourself in Asian Flavors at Richmond's Pacific East Mall". KQED. Retrieved October 10, 2023.

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